Things to do in London in April 2019… if you like comics, of course. Exhibitions followed by events… let us know if we missed any.
More Instant Mash -Carl Stimpson Exhibition Clear line painter Carl Stimpson returns to Orbital's Eisner-winning gallery for an incredible new exhibition – More Instant Mash. With a range of original paintings and screenprints on display, Stimpson captures a mix of pop art pulp, Hergé's clear line sensibility, and comic book nostalgia. Until 30th April, Orbital Comics.
YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit, House Of Illustraton, Kings Cross, until July. Shih has created a series of 'relics' from the UK's imaginary rabbit population, including large-scale embroidered epics, newly minted 52p and 48p coins and aeroplane landing cards for rabbits stripped of their British citizenship. These satirical pieces draw together Shih's real-world observations of the nationalistic fervor, economic uncertainty and fragmentation of societal bonds brought about by Brexit.
Tuesday, 2nd April.
Shoe Lane Comic Forum, Shoe Lane Library, Little New Street. 5.30-7pm
Islington Comic Forum, North Library, Manor Gardens. 6.30-7.30pm.
Wednesday, 3rd April.
Marylebone Graphic Novel Club, Marylebone Library 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Thursday, 4th April.
oh no Launch Party with Alex Norris, Gosh Comics, 7-9pm Alex Norris, creator Webcomic Name, will be here to sign his new collection from Andrews McMeel, with a limited edition Gosh! Bookplate to go with it.
Performing and Picturing Patienthood: Exploring Graphic Illness Narratives by London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle. Artist and publisher roundtable with Andrew Godfrey-Meers, Damon Herd, Paula Knight, John Miers, Corinne Pearlman, Tony Pickering, Lucy Sullivan, 5.30-8.30pm.
Troopers, Guests Only, Location available to guests.
Friday, 5th April
Symposium – Performing and Picturing Patienthood: Exploring Graphic Illness Narratives by London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, 10am-7pm with Elisabeth El Refaie, Andrew Godfrey-Meers, Simon Grennan, Damon Herd, Erin La Cour, Stefan Tino Kulnik, John Miers, Linda Miller, Tony Pickering, Ian Williams
10.30 am: Introduction to archival research at LCC
10.45 am: Keynote lecture Elisabeth El Refaie (Cardiff University), Picturing the diseased body through visual metaphor
12.00 pm: Panel 1,
Illness and Identity Andrew Godfrey-Meers (University of Dundee), Graphic Medicine as Myth and Ritual
Stefan Tino Kulnik (Kingston University), Sense of Self in Self-Management in Neurological Conditions
Erin La Cour (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Face as Landscape: Refiguring Illness and Disability in David B's Epileptic
2.15 pm: Archival material handling session
2.45pm: Workshop, Linda Miller, Graphic Medicine: An Interactive Workshop Reflecting on "Sparkling Moments" in Health Care
3.45 pm: Panel 2, Artist's talks
Ian Williams, Bad Doctors
Damon Herd (University of Dundee), Public Information Comics
Tony Pickering, Diabetes Year One
5.15 pm: Performing on the Page: Causes and Consequences of Drawing Disease
John Miers (Kingston Schoool of Art) in conversation with Simon Grennan (University of Chester)
5.45 pm: Closing remarks
Saturday, 6th April.
Propaganda: Comic-Con Party, Dingwalls, Camden Lock, 10:30pm – 3am
Learn to make a zine with illustrator Hayley Wells, 2-4pm, Dark Side Comics, Chelmsford
Pen to Print – Comic Book Workshop with Wallis Eates, Barking Library, 10am-noon
Sunday, 7th April
London Comic Mart, 12-7pm, Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way
Monday, 8th April
Church Street Library Graphic Novel Club, Church Street Library, Marylebone, 6:30 – 8pm
Brompton Library Graphic Novel Reading Group, Upstairs in the Brompton Library Learning Space, 6:30 – 7.30pm
Tuesday, 9th April.
Peckham Library Graphic Novel Book Group, Peckham Hill Street, 6bromppm to 7.30pm
Wednesday, 10th April.
Reads March 2019: The Umbrella Academy Vol 1, Gosh Comics, 7-9pm
Thursday, 11th April.
Friday, 12th April.
Swords & Sorcery Life Drawing Class With the Art Model Collective – an evening of fantasy-themed life drawing, designed specially for comic artists and illustrators, with swords, axes and other weapons being wielded by costumed models Manko and Viktoria Ash, posing in dynamic battle scenes, and hosted by Jason Atomic. Art materials and refreshments will also be available. 7pm.
Isabel Greenberg: Being a freelance illustrator – juggling many different hats, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, 1.15 to 2pm
Saturday, 13th April
WIP (Work In Progress Comics), Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, 11.30am-3.30pm
Tuesday 16th, April
Comic Book Creation Workshop for Parents and Kids – Fourth Edition, Blackfen Community Library,
Thursday, 18th April
Barbican Comics Forum, Barbican. 5.30pm-7pm. A fun and informal book group dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of the multifaceted medium of comic books and graphic novels.
Tuesday, 23rd April
London Comic Book Club, The Sheaf, Southwark, 7-9pm
Wednesday, 24th April
Comica Social Club, Central Bar, Royal Festival Hall, 6pm
Thursday, 25th April
IAS Laughter: Comic Books and Laughter – History, Politics, and Aesthetics, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, Gower Street, 6-8pm, Speakers: Nina Mickwitz Nicola Streeten and Roger Sabin. Chaired by Dominic Davies
Dalston Comic (creators) Club, Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Lane, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Saturday, 27th April
Dave Gibbons signing Forbidden Planet Megastore 3-4pm. Signed DC Modern Classics: Watchmen available.
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